While the impact of vacation on overall happiness is clear, Americans' general sense of their own happiness was more mixed. Less than half (45%) of employed Americans report a general level of satisfaction with their job, and a similar number of Americans (47%) report satisfaction with their love life.
Americans often find it difficult to leave their work behind when they head off on vacation.
Those who check in with work once a day or more while on vacation are much more likely to indicate a high stress level than those who check in fewer than once per day, or not at all.
More than half of employed vacationers who take any vacations in a typical year make a habit of checking in with the office. Roughly one third (32%) of these vacationers check in at least once a day. 59% of men make a habit of checking in with the office, versus 49% of women. However, a full 46% of employed Americans who take any vacations in a typical year report that they "never" check in with work while on vacation.
Those employed Americans who have taken a vacation within the past year are more likely to be satisfied with their job than those who have not taken a vacation in five years or more.
This survey was conducted online within
the United States
March 19-21, 2013
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